Forest School - The Whiteoak Way
'The best classroom and richest classroom is roofed only by the sky.'
At the Whiteoak Academies, Forest School is seen as a vital part of every child's education. We believe every child should have access to learn in the outdoor environment and receive the benefits and experiences that the natural world has to offer.
Taking learning outside encourages children to become independent learners, to use their imagination, take appropriate risks within boundaries and initiate learning for themselves. Forest School aims to promote holistic development, encouraging resilience, building confident learners and fostering children’s individuality. These qualities hugely benefit the learning in the classroom and develop our children's skills for lifelong learning.
Forest School at the Whiteoak Academies explores the outdoors and the natural environment with practical, useful activities all year round. It develops peer learning, with the adults providing support and enabling activities to take place. The child’s interest will be at the heart of any activity.
We use the seasons and the Wheel of the Year, an annual cycle of seasonal festivals, made up of the year's main solar events (solstices and equinoxes) and the midpoints between them to plan our forest school activities.
'Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better.'
Whiteoak Way Forest School Aims
At the Whiteoak Academies we aim to promote the holistic development of every child. Forest School provides opportunities for the development of the physical, emotional and social skills necessary to help children cope with the demands and challenges of everyday life.
We encourage resilience in all sessions, as children who develop resilience are better able to face disappointment, learn from failure, cope with loss and adapt to change.
We promote confident, independent and creative learners, while providing rich opportunities for our children to connect with the world around them.